A new job entails that more time is being spent on travel, office work and daily chores rather than thinking a lot about the ideal meal. And thus me being late to write about food in the middle of my hectic new work life. However, during this time crunch, the idea is to cook healthy, get the proper nutrition and get your mind straight without being hungry in the middle of an assignment. I am trying to put a few recipes together: old, new and adapted in the next few posts about comfort food. It would include the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, the portion of veges you need and some much needed grease once a while after a tedious day at work.
The first one on my list is pasta. It is easy to cook and goes with veges, chicken, broths etc and I just adore them on my plate. After a hard days of work, throwing a few ingredients in will make your meals in less than 15 minutes (no this is not inspired by Jamie Oliver!) The thing with pasta is, it does not need a lot of grease (if you keep the white sauce at bay) to make it into a comfort food. The reason I am staying away from grease in this post is because pasta is versatile. You can mix it with almost anything if you put your mind to it. I don’t have anything against white sauce, I do have a killer recipe but let us save it for another day when you let your hair down in the kitchen.
So, the usual, the basic; olive oil, garlic, chilly flakes, a kind of herb, some steamed veges, some meat (fish, sausages, chicken etc).
The idea is to mix and match ingredients to make a recipe which will keep you on your toes rather than boring you and pushing you to reach for that cheap take out menu.
One of my favorite and the fastest is the Mince Sausage Pasta
- 1 cup finely chopped sausage
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
- 1 tsp chilly flakes
- 1 tsp oregano or parsley
- 1 tsp Olive oil
- A handful of al dente boiled pasta (use whole wheat pasta for an healthier option, it is easily available in the supermarkets. You can also order it online)
- 1 cup of steamed beans
- Salt to taste
- Chop up the garlic
- In a pan heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic for 30 seconds
- Put in the sausages till red and crisp
- Add the onions till transparent
- Mix in the beans and let it soak the sausage goodness for about a minute
- Put in the pasta, the herb, salt and chilly flakes
- Mix well and serve
I am also mentioning a few other pasta recipes by posting their pictures and summaries of the recipes which you can always change and adapt according to your taste, needs and availability of ingredients. The aim is to put your mind straight for just a few minutes so that the stomach does not waddle into the pile of junk food in the middle of the night. I hope you will get as much satisfaction reading and cooking these as I got after whipping these up.